When a person is injured and/or no longer able to work due to a disability, social security disability payments are available to provide them with money to live on. Many people believe that there is no way they will be denied these payments, also known as Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). However, there are some reasons why certain people may be barred from receiving SSDI.

Can I Be Denied SSDI for Making Too Much Money?

Yes. This is one of the reasons most people are denied benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires an individual to make less than the substantial gainful activity, or SGA when applying for benefits. For example, the SGA limit is $1,090 a month in 2015. When applying for benefits most people make more than amount and are denied because they are making too much money to be considered for disability benefits.

Can I Be Denied Benefits Because of My Work History or Injury?

Yes. In some cases, if a person has not worked long enough, the claim can be denied. To qualify for disability benefits, the SSA must believe the injury is severe enough to prohibit you from working for at least 12 consecutive months. If the SSA believes a person can still work, benefits are denied.

Can A Criminal Conviction Impact My Eligibility for Benefits?

In certain circumstances, a person can be denied benefits if they were convicted of a crime in connection to them becoming disabled or if their disabling injury happened when they were incarcerated. For example, if the person was injured while committing a felony, benefits will be denied. 

What Are the Other Reasons Why I Can Be Denied Disability Benefits?

The other reasons why a person can be denied benefits include:

  • The SSA cannot locate the person because the primary address is no longer valid
  • Lack of cooperation of the claimant’s part
  • The claimant does not follow the prescribed therapy
  • Disability is for an alcohol or drug addiction, although a medical consultant will have to make the determination
  • The claimant committed Social Security fraud

Can a Lawyer Help Me Challenge the Denial of My Request for Benefits?

If your application for disability benefits has been denied, you are entitled to appeal that denial and prove that your request was wrongfully denied. Contact a government lawyer to assist you with that appeal. The lawyer will explain more about the reason for your denial and how to fight it.